Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is one of the next — and perhaps strangest — entries into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it’s mostly unknown to those who don’t embed themselves into the Marvel comics universe. While Star-Lord, Groot and Rocket Raccoon and the rest of the motley crew will undoubtedly become household names after the movie releases on August 1, 2014, Marvel is gearing up to indoctrinate us with a series of original books and materials tied to the film.
The cover for the final entry in the popular Kingdom Keepers series of adventures by Ridley Pearson was revealed today by KingdomKeepersInsider.com, the book’s official website. The cover features the Evil Queen watching over as Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle becomes engulfed in flames.
Available to own April 1, 2014, and currently available for pre-order from Amazon in both hardcover and Kindle editions, Kingdom Keepers VII: The Insider, brings the exciting conclusion to the series which details the battles of good vs evil across the Disney theme parks and cruise line. The publisher’s description is as follows:
Starting in March, Disney Publishing will be launching a new series of original children’s books that will feature the work of some of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ top artists. The first to arrive is a title conceived and illustrated by Lorelay Bove, a visual development artist who has worked on Wreck-It Ralph and The Princess and the Frog as well as previously published books based on the films.
Titled No Slurping, No Burping!: A Tale of Table Manners, the first book in the Disney Artist Showcase is a humorous look at manners featuring two kids who school their dad on proper mealtime etiquette. The publisher’s description follows:
Walt Disney Studios announces the release of Saving Mr. Banks: The Official Multi-touch Book, based on Disney’s highly anticipated film Saving Mr. Banks, in theaters December 20, 2013. Exploring the previously untold story of how Walt Disney worked his magic on author P.L. Travers to secure the rights to her book, Mary Poppins, the book includes a foreword by Academy Award®-winning composer Richard Sherman; never-before-seen correspondence between Walt Disney and P.L. Travers; rare storyboards and scripts from the Disney archives; an interactive timeline of historic Walt Disney Studios milestones; original recordings of the Sherman Brothers, performing their “Mary Poppins” hit songs; facts and profiles on the key characters in Saving Mr. Banks — all created by Apple’s digital book creation app, iBooks Author.
The Walt Disney Family Museum, located in San Francisco’s Presidio, will be featuring the life’s work of artist and Disney Legend Mary Blair in a special exhibition titled ‘Magic. Color. Flair. The World of Mary Blair.‘ The exhibit, which is being curated by author and animation historian John Canemaker, is scheduled to run between March 13 and September 7, 2014.
In honor of Saving Mr. Banks which shares the previously untold story of what it took for Walt Disney to bring Mary Poppins to the movies, Walt Disney Studios has released several behind-the-scenes photos, concept art, sketches by screenwriter Don DaGradi (as seen below) and more. Pictured left is a rarely seen photo of Richard and Robert Sherman singing along with Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke and Irwin Kostal, while pictured below is a sketch by DaGradi featuring P.L. Travers during ‘the trial — I mean conference.’
UPDATE: Stan Lee’s Zodiac is now available as a pre-order for Amazon Kindle with a release date of January 27, 2015
This is the tagline found on a recently launched website (using the Tumblr platform) at DisneyZodiac.com.
The site, which also features some sample artwork, promotes ‘Zodiac,’ a new project from comics legend and pop culture icon Stan Lee and writer Stuart Moore with art by Andie Tong.
According to Autism Speaks, autism currently affects 1 in 88 children in the United States alone, with tens of millions of children affected worldwide. While there may be no recognized cure, there are forms of treatment which seem to offer signs of hope for those affected. One such treatment? Disney films.
In April, Disney Editions will release ‘Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism,’ a new book from Pultizer Prize winner Ron Suskind. In the memoir, whose original publisher description was billed as a ‘parallel story of the epidemic of autism in our country and of The Walt Disney Company, revealing how the signature malady of our era and the films of the country’s greatest story factory are surprisingly interlinked.’ An updated description that was recently released, however, paints a more direct picture of the book’s subject matter:
Simon & Schuster will be re-issuing its biography of Mary Poppins, She Wrote by Valerie Lawson on December 3, 2013, in an effort to capitalize on Disney’s biopic Saving Mr. Banks. The book will be released in both paperback and Kindle formats.
The official publisher’s description is as follows:
The only comprehensive biography of P.L. Travers — the fascinating woman who created Mary Poppins, the events in this book inspired Disney’s movie Saving Mr. Banks, starring Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks.
On Sunday, October 13, Disney Publishing Worldwide will formally announce its upcoming graphic novel series, Space Mountain, based on the classic, iconic attraction found in Disney theme parks around the world.
Written by ‘Arrow’ and Spider-Man writer Bryan Q Miller and illustrated by Batman artist Kelley Jones and Hi-Fi Design, Space Mountain is described as ‘the story of two kids, a miniature flying saucer and dangerous mission twenty-four hours into a twisted tomorrow.’